Have you ever had a rosé Prosecco? Trick question, the answer is no, there is no such thing as rosé Prosecco. Like the champagne mantra, you’ve only had rosé sparkling wine from Italy. However, that’s about to change. On Friday, Italian producers confirmed that the official creation of the Prosecco DOC Rosé.
The Prosecco DOC Consortium, a dedicated lobbying group, previously submitted a proposal for the appellation which was then unanimously approved by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies’ National Wine Committee.
The DOC requires that the wine is produced with Glera and 10%-15% Pinot Nero. Yields are capped at 18 tons/hectare for Glera and 13.5 tons/hectare for Pinot Nero. Secondary fermentation must employ the Martinotti/Charmat Method and last a minimum of 60 days.
Wine being wine, the label will provide some key information. The Prosecco DOC Rosé requires that are branded with the phrase “Millesimato” as well as the vintage (a minimum of 85% of the juice from the stated year).
In a release, Consortium President, Stefano Zanette, “all those who have contributed to obtaining this important result, in a moment particularly tough for the wine industry.”
The rule change will be official after the Ministerial Decree is published in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic, then subsequently Official Journal of the European Union.
The first bottles will be legally available for sale on January 1.